Has your partner or family members told you that you snore loudly at night? Do they tell you that you have trouble breathing during the night, like gasping for air?
Chronic snoring is one of the symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a sleep-related breathing disorder that involves a decrease or complete halt in airflow, despite an ongoing effort to breathe, lasting longer than 10 seconds. When Sleep Apnea is not effectively treated, you are at risk for multiple health concerns such as diabetes and high blood pressure. All of these can lead to having a stroke. Sleep Apnea also causes sleep deprivation and excessive daytime sleepiness, which leads to a lack of energy, restlessness, forgetfulness, and lack of coordination. This can lead to drowsy driving, a dangerous problem for you and for others around you.
At York Mills Dental, we offer patients diagnosis and a variety of treatment options for Sleep Apnea. The solution for many patients is Oral Appliance Therapy, which is a custom-made adjustable dental appliance. This small appliance fits securely in your mouth and prevents the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, keeping your airway open to ensure adequate oxygen intake while you sleep.
Another option to treat Sleep Apnea is CPAP therapy, which stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This treatment uses a CPAP machine to send a constant flow of airway pressure to your throat to ensure that your airway stays open during sleep, effectively treating the spontaneous pauses in breath associated with sleep apnea.
When you come into our dental office, we will work with you to establish a diagnosis and determine the best treatment for your case . If you are interested in learning more about how to improve your sleep apnea, book a free consultationat our York Mills Dental office in North Toronto.
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